Jeremiah 24:2
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New International Version
One basket had very good figs, like those that ripen early; the other basket had very bad figs, so bad they could not be eaten.

New Living Translation
One basket was filled with fresh, ripe figs, while the other was filled with bad figs that were too rotten to eat.

English Standard Version
One basket had very good figs, like first-ripe figs, but the other basket had very bad figs, so bad that they could not be eaten.

New American Standard Bible
One basket had very good figs, like first-ripe figs, and the other basket had very bad figs which could not be eaten due to rottenness.

King James Bible
One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
One basket contained very good figs, like early figs, but the other basket contained very bad figs, so bad they were inedible.

International Standard Version
One basket contained very good figs like the first figs that ripen on the tree. The other basket contained very bad figs that were too bad to be eaten.

NET Bible
One basket had very good-looking figs in it. They looked like those that had ripened early. The other basket had very bad-looking figs in it, so bad they could not be eaten.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
One basket had very good figs, like figs that ripen first. The other basket had very bad figs. These figs were so bad that they couldn't be eaten.

JPS Tanakh 1917
One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first-ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

New American Standard 1977
One basket had very good figs, like first-ripe figs; and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten due to rottenness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very evil figs, which could not be eaten, they were so evil.

King James 2000 Bible
One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

American King James Version
One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

American Standard Version
One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first-ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

Douay-Rheims Bible
One basket had very good figs, like the figs of the first season: and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten, because they were bad.

Darby Bible Translation
One basket had very good figs, like the figs first ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten for badness.

English Revised Version
One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

Webster's Bible Translation
One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very poor figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

World English Bible
One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first-ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

Young's Literal Translation
In the one basket are figs very good, like the first-ripe figs, and in the other basket are figs very bad, that are not eaten for badness.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
24:1-10 Good and bad figs represent the Jews in captivity, and those who remain in their own land. - The prophet saw two baskets of figs set before the temple, as offerings of first-fruits. The figs in one basket were very good, those in the other basket very bad. What creature viler than a wicked man? and what more valuable than a godly man? This vision was to raise the spirits of those gone into captivity, by assuring them of a happy return; and to humble and awaken the proud and secure spirits of those yet in Jerusalem, by assuring them of a miserable captivity. The good figs represents the pious captives. We cannot determine as to God's love or hatred by what is before us. Early suffering sometimes proves for the best. The sooner the child is corrected, the better effect the correction is likely to have. Even this captivity was for their good; and God's intentions never are in vain. By afflictions they were convinced of sin, humbled under the hand of God, weaned from the world, taught to pray, and turned from sins, particularly from idolatry. God promises that he will own them in captivity. The Lord will own those who are his, in all conditions. God assures them of his protection in trouble, and a glorious deliverance in due time. When our troubles are sanctified to us, we may be sure that they will end well. They shall return to him with their whole heart. Thus they should have liberty to own him for their God, to pray to him, and expect blessings from him. The bad figs were Zedekiah and those of his party yet in the land. These should be removed for their hurt, and forsaken of all mankind. God has many judgments, and those that escape one, may expect another, till they are brought to repent. Doubtless, this prophecy had its fulfilment in that age; but the Spirit of prophecy may here look forward to the dispersion of the unbelieving Jews, in all the nations of the earth. Let those who desire blessings from the Lord, beg that he will give them a heart to know him.
Study Bible
The Good and Bad Figs
1After Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and the officials of Judah with the craftsmen and smiths from Jerusalem and had brought them to Babylon, the LORD showed me: behold, two baskets of figs set before the temple of the LORD! 2One basket had very good figs, like first-ripe figs, and the other basket had very bad figs which could not be eaten due to rottenness. 3Then the LORD said to me, "What do you see, Jeremiah?" And I said, "Figs, the good figs, very good; and the bad figs, very bad, which cannot be eaten due to rottenness."…
Cross References
Isaiah 5:4
"What more was there to do for My vineyard that I have not done in it? Why, when I expected it to produce good grapes did it produce worthless ones?

Isaiah 5:7
For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel And the men of Judah His delightful plant. Thus He looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; For righteousness, but behold, a cry of distress.

Jeremiah 29:17
thus says the LORD of hosts, 'Behold, I am sending upon them the sword, famine and pestilence, and I will make them like split-open figs that cannot be eaten due to rottenness.

Hosea 9:10
I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your forefathers as the earliest fruit on the fig tree in its first season. But they came to Baal-peor and devoted themselves to shame, And they became as detestable as that which they loved.

Micah 7:1
Woe is me! For I am Like the fruit pickers, like the grape gatherers. There is not a cluster of grapes to eat, Or a first-ripe fig which I crave.

Nahum 3:12
All your fortifications are fig trees with ripe fruit-- When shaken, they fall into the eater's mouth.
Treasury of Scripture

One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

One basket.

Jeremiah 24:5-7 Thus said the LORD, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will …

Hosea 9:10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers …

Micah 7:1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, …

first ripe. The boccore, or figs of the early sort; perhaps those which are ripe about six weeks before the full season, which are reckoned a great dainty.

Isaiah 28:4 And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, …

naughty. The winter fig, probably, then in its crude or unripe state.

Jeremiah 24:8-10 And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely …

Isaiah 5:4,7 What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done …

Ezekiel 15:2-5 Son of man, what is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch …

Malachi 1:12-14 But you have profaned it, in that you say, The table of the LORD …

Matthew 5:13 You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his flavor, …

they were so bad. Heb. for badness.

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